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Anna Jarvis and the International Popularization of Mother's Day

Mother's Day Program - 1932

This a program for Mother's Day services held in 1932, with Anna Jarvis pictured on the cover.

Jarvis attributed the acceptance and success of Mother’s Day to its broad appeal to a variety of people. She wrote,


“A day that has shown it has a ‘heart’ and ‘living’ interest for all classes, races, creeds, native and foreign born, high and low, rich and poor, scoffer and churchman, man, woman, child, is Mother’s day, observed the second Sunday of May.
The common possession of the living world is a mother. Everyone has – or has had – a mother.
The marvelous growth of Mother’s day in a few years to a national and international day can be attributed to the ‘heart’ or ‘living’ interest it possesses for almost every home and every person of a mother-loving heart in this and other countries.”


- Anna Jarvis

An International Tribute
Anna Jarvis and the International Popularization of Mother's Day